Wednesday, 27 May, 2020

Ed Murray Has Helped Single Family Homeowners. What about renters?

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Ed Murray’s success in the recent mayoral election will affect housing policy in Seattle, but it’s unclear how.

I’ve put together a quick summary of his voting record on issues that affect housing to help provide some insight into what he might support and what he may prioritize.

Where are Seattle’s boundaries?

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Generally speaking, Seattle is bounded on the east and west by Lake Washington and Puget Sound, respectively.

King County Supports Youth Homeless Shelter

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King County pledged $120,000 to help support the YouthCare’s James W Ray Orion Center.

The shelter helps homeless youth in Seattle and is located off Denny Way, between Capitol Hill and South Lake Union. The shelter has been facing a budget shortfall for some time and is still well short of the funding it needs to remain open next year.

What if everyone in the Seattle metro lived in Seattle?

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Seattle would be a much denser city if its metropolitan area were squeezed inside the city proper.

The current estimated population of the city of Seattle is 634,435 people. If we divide that number by the city’s land area, 83.87 square miles (SM) we get a density of about 7,565 people per square mile (PSM).

Single Family Home Sales October 2013

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Seattle Bubble reports a dip in the price of some single-family homes during October in King County. The main points:

How much does it cost to rent in Seattle?

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Back in July, Apartmentlist.com researched median rent prices in cities across the US.

Seattle Ranks #8 Nationwide For Walkscore

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Walkscore released their top 10 ranking for US cities and placed Seattle at number 8. The rankings:

Seattle DPD Attempts to Define aPodments and Microhousing.

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The city of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development first item in its list of proposed micro-housing legislation in Seattle is a legal definition of “micro” and “micro-housing,” as there is currently no distinction between micro-housing and other types of dwelling in the city code.  The proposed definition is as follows: